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The Fix: November 26, 2006 - December 2, 2006

McCain Continues to Court Social Conservatives

Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign-in-waiting has inked Marlys Popma, an influential social conservative activist in Iowa. "John McCain has a conservative record that appeals to me and will appeal to voters in Iowa after getting to know him and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2006; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: A First Look at 2008 House Races

The 29-seat Democratic pick-up in the House of Representatives this year means that Republicans will have more opportunities for takeovers in 2008 than they did in 2006. Several of the seats Democrats won on Nov. 7 have a decided GOP...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 1, 2006; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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House Democrats Take Aim at Bonilla

Continuing the aggressive spending that won them 29 seats on Nov. 7, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with television ads in Texas's 23rd District where Rep. Henry Bonilla (R) and former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) will square off...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2006; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  House  
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Mehlman Urges GOP to Enlarge Its Political Tent

Outgoing Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman urged his party to broaden its political scope in a speech to the Republican Governor's Association in Miami Thursday. "Let's be honest -- New England Republicans are not always going to agree on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2006; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Case For Tom Vilsack

As Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack formally kicks off his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination this morning, it seemed like the perfect time to make the case for his chances in a field potentially crowded with candidates named Clinton, Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 30, 2006; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Romney Staff Moves Aimed at Bolstering Beltway Cred

One of the major challenges facing Mitt Romney between now and the end of the year is bolstering his "street cred" inside the Beltway -- showing the chattering classes in the nation's capital that he is ready to make a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2006; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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2008 Watch: Bill Frist Won't Run

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) will not run for president in 2008. Sen. Frist was widely expected to run for president in 2008. Today he will announce that he had decided against a run. (Getty Images file photo) Frist...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2006; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Voters Are Hot on Giuliani, Cold on Kerry

When it comes to presidential elections, personality matters. More so than in any other sort of political campaign, whether or not voters like the parties' chosen candidates plays a major role in picking a president. Need evidence? Look back at...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 29, 2006; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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A Look at Leadership Changes at the Parties' Campaign Committees

Analyzing the results of election 2006 will surely continue for months, as journalists and political pros argue about just what it was that drove the Democrats to congressional majorities. But The Fix is forward looking by nature, so we'll turn...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2006; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Democratic Party , House , Republican Party , Senate  
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The Vilsack-Obama Talent Primary

What does the presidential candidacy of Iowa's Tom Vilsack have to do with the endless tea-leaf reading about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's intentions? Quite a bit, actually. When Vilsack announced Nov. 8 that he was planning to run for president,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 28, 2006; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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